My friend Sue, currently posing as a wallflower tagged me to list a few things about books.
1) What author do you own the most books by?
Alexander McCall Smith. This answer surprised me. I had no idea. I thought it'd be Stephen King.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Long answer to a short question coming up. My mother and her own grandmother were very fond of reading Shivani. Her grandmother, Amma was often found crying if one of the characters died. They passed on the love of this outstanding author (and perhaps the love for reading in Hindi as well) to all three of us. All three of us have finally starting bidding adieu to those dog-eared copies that brought us countless hours of pure joy and have started buying our own copies.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
I am currently struggling with Spanish prepositions so no.
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Atticus Finch. Rhett Butler. Michael Corleone. Maybe even Heathcliff.
5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
The Godfather, perhaps. Gone with the wind, maybe. The Malory Towers? Surangama, Krishnakali, Chaudah Phere. One used to have the time to read books over and over again once.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Malory Towers, I think. Everything by Enid Blyton went down real easy at that time, even with the inherent gender bias evident in her work.
7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Ah, the unintended tragedy called 'Lose your weight, not your mind' by Rujuta Diwekar.
8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
What I talk about when I talk about running by Murakami.
9) If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?
The Godfather because all of life's answers are to be found there. Hehe, I know.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
It's coming out soon by an unknown but brilliant writer called Parul Sharma.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Leave my Shivani books alone. I have made them into movies in my mind and that is where they should be.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I need to get some sleep to dream. But I do remember dreaming of Michael Corleone fairly often. Standard adolescent dreams, really that were embarrassingly basic.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Mills and Boon.
15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Mother. I have read many difficult books in my time because I fervently believe that what has been started must be finished. Goes for food as well, hence the extra kilos.
16) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. I don't know much about Milton and Chaucer except the second-hand knowledge I garnered from Literature-wallahs during college. I studies Economics, unfortunately.
17) Austen or Eliot?
18) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Salman Rushdie, I'd imagine. His work's just passed me by though I did read the Satanic Verses.
19) What is your favorite novel?
The monkey's paw
21) Short story?
The monkey's paw by W.W. Jacobs. I know a fair bit about ghost stories too. I had a real passion for them.
22) Work of non-fiction?
Everything by Bill Bryson, really. One day, I will write a funny travel book. I will, too.
23) Who is your favorite writer?
Getting repetitive but Gaura Pant Shivani it is.
I have a two-year old pulling on my elbow and insisting that he needs to show me something of earth-shattering importance (probably a dead insect) so I have no time to link to anyone. Please, someone take this up. Ta!